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Melanie Rae Thon | The Bodies of Birds & Lance Olsen | My Red Heaven

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookshop.

Melanie Rae Thon and Lance Olsen will read from and sign their new books, The Bodies of Birds and My Red Heaven

In The Bodies of Birds, Resurrected and restored through the bodies of multitudes, a young woman who becomes an organ donor after a car accident radiates unmitigated love as she comes to know the recipients of her heart and kidneys—lungs, bowel, vertebrae, corneas . . . Twenty-seven years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, black storks glide over the Zone of Alienation. Apple trees bloom; lilacs flower—radioactive wolves thrive; bees make glowing honey . . . A prisoner in California, a man who killed a woman a hundred times, who stabbed face and throat, heart and belly, now washes another man in the shower, shaves his face, changes his diapers, protects and serves a murderer like himself, riddled by dementia . . .

Set on a single day in 1927, My Red Heaven imagines a host of characters―some historic, some invented―crossing paths on the streets of Berlin.
The subjects include Robert Musil, Otto Dix, Werner Heisenberg, Anita Berber, Vladimir Nabokov, Käthe Kollwitz, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Rosa Luxemburg―as well as others history has forgotten: a sommelier, a murderer, a prostitute, a pickpocket, and several ghosts.
Drawing inspiration from Otto Freundlich’s painting by the same name, My Red Heaven explores a complex moment in history: the rise of deadly populism at a time when everything seemed possible and the future unimaginable.


Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of My Red Heaven and/or The Bodies of Birds from The King's English.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of My Red Heaven and/or The Bodies of Birds today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
My Red Heaven Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950539031
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: Dzanc Books - January 21st, 2020

The Bodies of Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934832684
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Michigan Press - March 15th, 2019

The 7th Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934832523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Michigan Press - November 15th, 2015